Wrongfully fired? Here is how you can fight back.

Losing your job can be frightening, especially when it is unexpected and unmerited. Wrongful termination can affect your life and career in many ways, but there are ways that you can fight back against this type of illegal action. If, for any reason, you believe that your Louisiana employer wrongfully fired you, you have the option and the right to fight back.

Wrongful termination can happen for multiple reasons, and if you believe that you are a victim of this, you have the right to take legal action. You can fight back against what happened to you with the help of an attorney, seeking to either have your job rightfully restored or possibly secure financial compensation.

How to know if you experienced wrongful termination

It can be difficult to determine if what you experienced could fall into the category of wrongful termination. You may have grounds for a civil claim if you believe that any of the following played a role in you losing your job:

  • Age
  • Religion
  • Sexual orientation
  • National origin
  • Pregnancy
  • Race
  • Reporting harassment or other wrong doing

Louisiana is an at-will employment state. This means that employers retain the right to fire workers at any time, for just about any reason. However, this does not mean that you do not have grounds to take action against a violation of your employee rights granted by federal law.

Discrimination in discipline and discharge

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, an employer cannot consider any of the above factors when making decisions about discharging or disciplining employees. For example, employers cannot fire workers because they are older or pregnant and will need time off in the future, along with other factors.

When discrimination plays a role in important decisions, such as termination or suspension, that employee has the right to fight back against the wrongful and illegal treatment.

What should I do if I am a victim?

You do not have to tolerate wrongful termination. If you believe that you are a victim of losing your job for the wrong reasons, you will find it beneficial to seek the opinion of an attorney regarding your potential legal options. You may have valid grounds to bring a civil claim against your employer, holding liable parties accountable for discrimination and unfair treatment in the workplace.

You have rights as a Louisiana employee, and with the right help, you can protect these entitlements after unfairly losing your job or experiencing another type of mistreatment.